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November 2010

Great Streets Project Narrowing Options for Academy Boulevard Alternatives

Since our last e-newsletter on Aug. 16, 2010, the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Project Team has continued to make progress on the Great Streets Plan.  On Aug. 25, 2010, the team conducted a working meeting at Fire Station # 8, in the study area at Academy Boulevard and Airport Road, with about 25 key stakeholders and team members.  At that meeting, the team developed a complete list of potential options for roadway, transit and non-motorized elements. A meeting summary is available on the project Web site.

The team also discussed criteria for purposes of screening down the broad range of alternative elements, along with the three generalized land use scenarios that will be modeled.  These land use scenarios are the 2035 base case (which is consistent with the currently adopted Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Long Range Transportation Plan), a Phased Vision Plan, and a Full Vision Plan.  These concepts will be used to provide the population and housing inputs needed to run the model, which will test the selected alternatives.

Since Aug. 25, the project team has further refined the Step 1 screening criteria and the alternative elements options.  These options have been initially evaluated and scored to develop a manageable number of alternatives to fully model with the different land use scenarios.  A draft summary of the alternatives screening process, the current scoring matrix, and a brief description of the elements are all available on the project Web site.   

It should be noted that certain options, eliminated for the purpose of full modeling, may be considered viable in the future. Several members of the project team have scheduled a meeting from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 in the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada, Suite 105  for anyone with concerns or interests in the alternatives refinement process.  Also, if you're unable to attend the meeting, contact the project team by email at

The project team expects to complete both the detailed technical modeling and Step 2 alternatives screening in November and December.  The team's goal is to have the second major public meeting in January 2011.  At that meeting the team will present the completed analysis with the draft recommendations for both the Multi-Modal Transportation Plan and the Land Use Vision Plan. 

At this point, the recommended Land Use Vision Plan is anticipated to be based on land-use nodes and be graphically general in nature, but with significant corresponding detail focusing on ideas for short- and long-term implementation.  Please look forward to more on that topic in our next newsletter. 

In the meantime, the team continues its communications, outreach and update process. We are also continuing to add to our evolving list of ideas.  If you would like an individual update or presentation to your group or organization, please contact us. And of course, visit our web site at to access additional information about the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets project.

The Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Project Team

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The Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Plan is being conducted by the City of Colorado Springs and Mountain Metropolitan Transit. 
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ABC Great Streets  Meeting
Public input will play a critical role in the creation of the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Plan. Residents, business owners, developers, property owners and community members are encouraged to provide feedback on the options still being considered for the study.
When: Nov. 12, 2010, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Where: City Administration Building, Room 105, 30 S. Nevada Ave.
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